Tauscher praises satellite shoot-down

Rep. Ellen Tauscher, D-Alamo, who chairs the House Armed Services Committee‘s Strategic Forces Subcommittee, said this about last night’s successful shoot-down of an errant U.S. spy satellite:

tauscher2.jpgThis is good news; we acted quickly, we acted intelligently and we acted responsibly. By reaching out to the international community, we set an example for how all space-faring countries should deal with potential hazards like these. We enjoy the benefits of space technology and as a consequence we bear the responsibility when something goes wrong with one of our systems.

I would caution against using this public safety exercise as a validation of our entire missile defense program. This was an isolated incident that indicates our ability to handle a very specific situation with relative ease. Today’s events do not change the fact that we need to improve our space situational awareness capabilities and invest in fully tested missile defense systems that can defend against rapidly evolving and even unknown threats.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.